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“A laugh and a Half” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Ranked #5 of 12 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA are the current award winners of the top accolades bestowed on tourism establishments in the world -> • Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience • Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner Monkeyland first opened its gates to the public in 1998 amidst much skepticism, a sanctuary of this kind had never been attempted before; multiple primate species all running free and together in one big forest. But despite the fears it was a huge success and the world's first multi-species, free roaming primate sanctuary has set a standard that other sanctuaries now aspire to. 12 hectares of indigenous forest is home to over 500 primates of 11 different species; Squirrel, Capuchin, Howler, Vervet and Spider monkeys, Hanuman and Spectacled Langur, Saki, Gibbon, Ring-tailed and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs all enjoy the freedom to climb trees, forage amongst the undergrowth and live a life that is far removed from where they came. Ex-pets, laboratory animals and surpluses from zoos that used to live in cages now have the opportunity to behave in a way that is natural to them. Our experienced rangers will guide you on a one-hour tour of the forest, pointing out the different species whilst offering a wealth of information on their ecology and conservation. An added attraction is the 128m long suspension bridge that stretches across the forest canopy offering magnificent views of the surrounding forests.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
“A laugh and a Half”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely loved the guide that took us around. He was funny and informative. He made learning about these primates interesting and not boring. The monkeys were brilliant by getting interactive and almost looking at us like we were weird or something. I would definitely go back.

Visited February 2017
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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom
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“A bit disappointing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely to visit and see different breeds in a natural setting and uncaged. Lots of lemurs and capuchins. Perhaps we were expecting to see a lot more and the tour with a guide seemed to be over sooner than expected. There is a rope/ wooden swing bridge to cross near the end of the tour..... a bit scary! Shut your eyes and get a good grip!
There are the usual baboons around...
Would recommend a visit.

Visited February 2017
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Lovely being so close to the monkeys”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good place to visit with family. You have a guided tour with a knowledgeable and informative guide.

Visited February 2017
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Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Educational and very FUN for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were able to be exceptionally close to all the varieties including the rare Gibbons. We saw squirrel monkeys, Capuchins, for events, two types of lemurs, And many other varieties. We were able to observe at Lankes as the animals interacted with each other and ate food. We highly recommend the sanctuary for your visit.

Visited March 2017
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really great afternoon. We took the hour long tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. We saw 9 out of the 11 species and they were so relaxed in their environment. It was truly amazing to see and a real privilege

Visited March 2017
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